The Church as Field Hospital

In an interview published September 30 in America magazine and other Jesuit journals around the world, Pope Francis reflected on role of the Church as healer and binder up of wounds:

I see clearly, that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…. And you have to start from the ground up.
Posted: November 15, 2013

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